Exhibit: The Springtime of the Renaissance

15th-century Florence was an exciting place to be   – it was the beginning of the “miracle” of the Renaissance.

Writers, painters, architects and philosophers called Florence their home, producing a splendour of culture and art that was unequalled in Europe.

San Matteo by Lorenzo Ghiberti (Gabriel Reyes)

Palazzo Strozzi’s latest show, The Springtime of the Renaissance: Sculpture and the Arts in Florence 1400-1460 explores what is still known as the “miracle” of the Renaissance in Florence.

Organized into ten themed sections, the exhibit displays the works that are still amazingly perserved from the time of the Medici – one of the most influential families in Renaissance Florence, which would go on to rule the city.

The Sacrifice of Isaac by Ghiberti (Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons: Mattis)

Centuries ago, Florence was a thriving independent city-state with an economy that was stronger than ever. It promised freedom and liberty in a fast-changing world.

The 12 artist guilds became the heart of Florentine culture and made the vital changes to the city that we associate with the birth of the Renaissance.

Madonna Col Bambino by Filippo Lippi (Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons: Sailko)

The Medici family’s power in Florence and interest in the arts undoubtedly stimulated artistic culture and 15th-century Florentines saw these changes transforming their city first hand.

Elements of the Renaissance could be found with new altar pieces in churches, grandiose statues adorning its piazzas, and new styles of buildings rising up all around them that stand strong today, bringing visitors from around the world to admire the city’s unique role in our cultural history.

La Scultura (Fidia) by Andrea Pisano (Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons: Sailko)

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to admire many masterpieces of sculpture and figurative art, including works by Lorenzo Ghiberti, Donatello, Filippo Lippi, Nanni di Bartolo, Michelozzo and Mino da Fiesole.

A highlight of the collection will be Donatello’s freshly restored bronze statue of St. Louis of Toulouse taken from Museo dell’Opera di Santa Croce where it has been in a special workshop open to the public during its transformation.

Donatello’s St. Louis of Toulouse (Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons: Sailko)

This is Palazzo Strozzi’s first collaborative effort with the Louvre Museum in France. The show runs until August 18, 2013 afterwhich it will move on to Paris. Find more information at www.palazzostrozzi.org.

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